Following an unsavory first teaser, General Motors has now released a proper preview of the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu ahead of its debut at the New York Motor Show. In this teaser we see the car being tested almost to destruction. The purpose? To make sure the car you receive is as well-engineered as you would expect a product of 2015 to be.
So GM engineers are collecting data from real-life testing of 2016 Chevrolet Malibu prototype from all around the globe, from the U.S., to Russia, and Saudi Arabia, and process them to ensure optimum quality of each and every component used in the new car. Here, for example, we see tests dealing mostly with NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness), simulating harshness and frequency of every jounce, bump and shudder, as well as road durability trials:
“Although most Malibu owners will never put their car through similar abuse, we test all new vehicles in extreme climates, inclement weather and on punishing road surfaces,” said Dan Devine, Malibu validation engineer. “The 2016 Malibu is definitely up to these challenges.”
Other major tests worth mentioning the Malibu has gone through include:
- A four-post vehicle test which balances each wheel on a hydraulic post that actuates the suspension at high frequency, accelerating the wear on bushings and dampers.
- Door, hood and decklid slams speed up wear on hinges and latches.
- Road durability testing includes extremes such as twist ditches, driveway angles, mud and gravel, high-speed tests, chatter bumps, Belgian blocks and salt spray.